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    The Innovation Station: Episode 4 - 'Why approaching work in a new way leads to innovation for SMEs'

    The Innovation Station: Episode 4 - 'Why approaching work in a new way leads to innovation for SMEs'

    Can a fresh way of thinking really awaken new potential in SMEs to drive growth? According to all the research, it’s a resounding yes. “Design thinking” is already used by 60% of Fortune 500 firms and now Irish SMEs are starting to catch up.

    Dr. Peter Robbins of Dublin City University Business School is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in innovation. In a masterclass held recently at Ryan Academy, he explains how the ‘Design Thinking’ toolkit can harness innovation and radically improve processes for small businesses.

    Speaking to InterTradeIreland’s Innovation Station podcast, Peter explains that Design Thinking can ‘de-risk’ complex innovation projects by testing and prototyping the entire process, which in turn then maximises the return on investment at the end.

    “There is a tool book and methodology to Design Thinking as opposed to blue sky thinking or naval gazing. It is something that needs ‘top down’ support, but Design Thinking is quite accessible and if companies commit, it is a process that delivers results.”

    Peter stresses that businesses shouldn’t be put off by the term Design Thinking or assume it is more suited to creative companies. Like other innovation processes, it’s one that requires determination and a focus on customers.

    “Design Thinking helps SMEs find other access points to understand the marketplace. If you can create a product, service or experience that hits the ‘sweet spot’ of being desirable, feasible and viable, then you are right at the heart of innovation success.”

    • 10 min
    Phoenix Talent Talks Podcast - Episode 2 - Employee engagement and wellness

    Phoenix Talent Talks Podcast - Episode 2 - Employee engagement and wellness

    In the second episode in our Phoenix Talent Talks podcast series, Elaine O’Regan discusses employee engagement and workplace wellness with Phoenix founder Ed Rossiter, Peptalk’s Cathal Sheridan and benefits expert Velma Roberts.

    • 31 min
    The Innovation Station: Episode 3 - ‘What you see as a problem, others could see as a solution’

    The Innovation Station: Episode 3 - ‘What you see as a problem, others could see as a solution’

    ‘What you see as a problem, others could see as a solution’ – The Innovation Station on why open innovation makes good business sense.

    “No matter how good you are, there are lots of other smart people out there. Collaborate with those outside your organisation and make use of their resources and skills to reach your customers.”

    That’s the advice from leading expert Nuran Acur, Professor of Innovation Management at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, on why businesses should collaborate openly with partners and industry, in the latest episode of InterTradeIreland’s ‘Innovation Station’ podcast. In a masterclass held at NUI Galway, the award-winning scholar unravels the ‘collaboration conundrum’. Her advice for businesses to achieve open innovation success, is to adopt an ‘open-minded approach and culture’ and to combine with ‘internal and external readiness’ - pointing to the importance of SMEs to also collaborate more on their internal processes to help deliver results.

    Discussing the business benefits of an open innovation strategy, Nuran says companies should go beyond their comfort zone in order to ‘reap the rewards’ from both potential innovation partners and innovation networks.

    “Collaboration allows those who participate to discover new technologies and emerging markets. SMEs shouldn’t be scared or sceptical about open innovation, as bigger companies and multinationals face a similar situation, they also want and need your help.”

    Addressing some of the worries businesses might have about open innovation, Nuran explains that businesses don’t have to be ‘100 percent open’ but can adopt a flexible strategy that works for them.

    “Businesses shouldn’t worry about losing their identity or their ideas. There are different models of open innovation so pick one or a number of different models that work for you.”

    • 11 min
    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 3 - Rent VS Buy

    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 3 - Rent VS Buy

    Business Post property editor Tina-Marie O'Neill is joined by Keith Lowe and Carol Strong, chief executive and partner at DNG respectively, in a series of three property related episodes looking at the Irish real estate market. This is a commercial podcast sponsored by DNG.

    'Rent versus Buy', the third episode in this series of property podcasts, looks at the benefits of purchasing property and how long term renting spells disaster for retirees, particularly given Ireland's latent pension crisis. In the interim, the PRS model is here to stay and will push Irish rental accommodation standards higher and Keith Lowe tells Tina-Marie O'Neill what properties he would spend his own money on and why.

    • 19 min
    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 2 - The state of real estate

    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 2 - The state of real estate

    Business Post property editor Tina-Marie O'Neill is joined by Keith Lowe and Carol Strong, chief executive and partner at DNG respectively, in a series of three property related episodes looking at the Irish real estate market. This is a commercial podcast sponsored by DNG.

    In episode two, 'The Real State of Irish Real Estate', Keith Lowe and Carol Strong of DNG explain how the market performed in 2019, the rise of the private rental sector, what to expect in 2020 and for the next decade and the impact Brexit has had and will have on the Irish property market.

    • 19 min
    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 1 - Affordability

    A Business Post Property Podcast - Sponsored by DNG - Episode 1 - Affordability

    Business Post property editor Tina-Marie O'Neill is joined by Keith Lowe and Carol Strong, chief executive and partner at DNG respectively, in a series of three property related episodes looking at the Irish real estate market. This is a commercial podcast sponsored by DNG.

    In episode 1, 'Affordability', the DNG experts discuss whether or not property is becoming too unaffordable, mortgage interest rates, commuter belt buyers and why people don't trust those working in the estate agency sector.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

Michael J Cork ,

Thought provoking and informative

This is proving one of my most enjoyable listens (and the newspaper is a great read). The health commentary from Susan Mitchell is of particularly outstanding quality and deserves to be widely aired.
The KBC investment series were also really interesting and would love to see more segments like this. Keep up the great work!!

AmSh79 ,

Highly recommend

Really insightful on a topic that affects so many. Looking forward to the next one!

Supermario1245 ,

Brilliant

Really great Health Matters

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